For the Record...
April 2008 Obituaries
Edward Westerman, Sr.
RONAN - James Edward Westerman, Jr. died at his home at North Crow
Road near Ronan after a lengthy battle with rheumatoid arthritis on
April 28, 2008.
Jim was born on September 18, 1933 to Edith and
Earl Westerman in Pablo. He was the fifth child and the second son.
He attended schools in Pablo, Ronan and Polson.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean
received an honorable discharge as a 3rd Class Petty Officer with a
Good Conduct Medal, China Service Ribbon, Nations Defense Ribbon and
the Presidential Unit Citation.
He came home and married Rose M. Phillips on March
5, 1958; they marked their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
Jim worked for the Northern Pacific/Burlington
from 1956-1983. He retired and started work on his yard and garden.
He is survived by his wife Rose; daughter Debra
and son Jim,
Jr; his sisters Jeannie and Pearl; his grandchildren Amber, Andrew,
Alan and Adam; and his great-grandchildren Dalton and Debbie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edith and
daughter Cheryl Dawn; his sister Marie and brother Paul; and his great
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Polson Animal Shelter in Jims name.
Honorary Pallbearers were Andrew Westerman, Alan
Westerman, Dalton Olson, John Blixt, Shawn Blixt, Tresten Lindquist,
Funeral Arrangements were handled by Shrider's
A. Groom, Sr.
CHARLO - Robert A. Groom, Sr., 52, passed away at his home early
Saturday, April 26, 2008.
Born in Polson on January 17, 1956 to Sheila
(Hustad) and Baptiste Malatare. He was raised and educated in the Pablo
He married Sharon Farnham in 1975 and worked as an
in the area and in Wyoming for a short time before he returned. He was
a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as getting
His father preceded him in death.
He is survived by his mother Sheila Peterson of
wife Sharon of Charlo; children Bob, Paul and Jim Groom all of Charlo,
Emmett Groom of Bozeman and Victoria (Ron) Meeker of Dubois, Indiana;
13 grandchildren and 2 brothers and 5 sisters.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken
place and a gathering will be held at the family home at later this
Arlee - Violet A. Derflinger, 79, passed away Wednesday at St.
Patrick's Hospital in Missoula.
Violet was born in Cedarville, California on Nov.
15, 1928 to
Mary (Pence) and Paul Hager. Raised in California and Nevada, she
married Paul Derflinger in Eureka, California and together they raised
In 1987, she and Paul moved to Arlee where they
excelled with crafts and loved to paint and play bingo. She was very
family oriented and loved her children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren very dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son
Violet is survived by her husband of 54 years Paul
sons Mark of Arlee and Ernest (Cathy) of Arlee; four grandchildren
Shane, Mark, Melissa and Amber and three great grandchildren Dallas,
Aurora and Darrion.
POLSON - Ralph Carlyle Ducharme, age 60, of Polson, passed
away at his home from natural causes on Friday April 25, 2008 with his
loving family at his side.
Ralph was born on January 4, 1948 at
St. Ignatius, MT to Wilbur and Hazel Ducharme. Following his school
years, Ralph joined the US Army and served his country. After his time
in the service, Ralph moved to Polson.
Ralph married Helen Henry in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,
in 1971. Helen passed away in 1993.
Ralph worked for the Charkoosta News, St. Joseph
Center, Villegas Janitorial, and Super One Foods as a custodian. He was
an active member of the Eagles #3913 in Polson.
family gatherings and playing pool with family and friends. He was an
avid bingo player and liked cooking and baking for everyone for any
His wife Helen Ducharme, parents Hazel and Wilbur
Ducharme, and sister Debbie Butt preceded Ralph in death.
Ralph is survived by his sisters Victoria (Gus)
Moses Lake, WA; Denise Banguis of Polson; Carrie Irvine of Pablo; Diane
Ducharme of Polson; Lori (Kelly) Cunningham of Colorado Springs, CO;
his brother Steve (Toni) Ducharme of Polson; and several nieces,
nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, who were very dear to his
Arrangements are under the direction of Grogan
Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at
ST. IGNATIUS - Duane "Mike" Plouffe, 41, passed away in Fort
Lauderdale, FL, from injuries received in motorcycle accident.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribe, Mike was
born in St. Ignatius on March 24, 1967, to Joanne Gingras and Dennis
Plouffe; he was raised in the valley. As a young adult Mike joined the
Navy and served in Desert Storm before returning to make his home in
Virginia Beach, Virginia.
He then returned home to the Rez, where he owned
M&D Auto Repair and eventually he went to work for Mission
Power in Pablo. He most recently went to work HICO in Hollywood, FL.
He married Corrine Clairmont of Ronan and they
later divorced. He then remarried to Lori Charette and they divorced.
Mike was into life and he lived it to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents
grandma Regina Plouffe, his uncle Norman Charette and a cousin Janet
He is survived by his mother Joanne Schall and
Rodney Schall of Dixon and Father Dennis Plouffe of Idaho; his sisters
DeeDee Gingras of Charlo and Renee Plouffe of Idaho; uncles Wiliam
Gingras, David Gingras, Dennis Mitchell, George A. Mitchell and Thomas
Maynard Plouffe; aunts Teddi Charette and Chickee Pierce; and a special
grandma Margaret York as well as many special cousins and large
Bird - Turczynski
EUGENE, Ore. - Beloved wife, mother, auntie, sister and mama
to all. Sharon passed away peacefully on April 23, 2008 while residing
in Eugene, Oregon surrounded by family and loved ones.
Sharon was born on July 26, 1952 in St. Ignatius
to Charles and
Rose Bird. Sharon married in 1982 to Dennis James Felsman and they had
six beautiful children: Shirley, Sheri, Shelly, Sheila, Rhonda and one
son named Willie, whom she thought the world of and spoke of frequently
to all she met. Her children were her life.
Sharon attended Ursalines Catholic Boarding School
Ignatius from 1958 - 1962. She then continued her schooling in Ronan
then went on to get her GED in 1972. She attended school in Pablo at
Salish and Kootenai College from 1979 to 1985 where she was also
employed full-time as well as a full time student. In 1998 she went to
work for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in various
departments such as Personnel/JTPA, then DHRD and shortly after that
she moved back to Personnel. Sharon enjoyed traveling, fishing and
bingo every now and then, but especially camping.
and married in October 23, 2006 to the love of her life, Mark Joseph
Turczynski, whom she loved unconditionally. He brought her happiness
while filling her world with love and laughter and will always be a
part of her family. This man has brought her so much love, he was her
life and she could have never asked for a more special husband, friend
and partner in life. She had so many plans for their future, but the
lord had different plans for her. When she met and married Mark, she
also met the most special mother-in-law and father-in-law, Fay and Ed
Cox. They are very special people whom treated her with so much love.
is survived by her husband Mark Turczynski; daughters Shirley, Sheri,
Shelly, Sheila, Rhonda; son Willie; her special in-laws Fay and Ed Cox
(Mariah); sisters Darlene and MaryAnn; brother Charlie; her grandkids,
Danika Felsman, Miranda Mahkuk, Kaetau and Matt Felsman, Zion and
Neveah Ross, Tristan Felsman and Byron Colon and numerous nieces and
Preceding her in death were her mom Rose
Bird-Chalwain; her dad
Charles Robert Bird Sr.; her ex-husband Dennis James Felsman; her
sisters Diane Muniz and Shirley Bird.
Sharon will be missed dearly by many for she was
the sparkle in
everyone's face. You will never be forgotten mom. Traditional wake
services were held in St. Ignatius at the Longhouse and her ashes will
be held in Eugene, Oregon until her husband's release in October.
MISSOULA - Harriet Adams Whitworth, 89, joined her husband Fred and
went peacefully into the arms of the Lord on April 22, 2008.
Mom, Grandma, Auntie and our Friend was a
member born April 28, 1918 in the mountains to Eneas Adams and Adele
Kaltomee Adams. Harriet married Fred Whitworth Sr. on Valentines Day in
1941, they had 7 children, 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Harriet was raised traditionally and was fluent in
Language and past her traditional values on to her children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She worked at the Jocko
Valley Creek C.C. (conservation corps) camps, Blue Bay Camp, Salish
Culture Committee in St. Ignatius and taught at the Arlee School. Some
of her joys when she was younger were fishing, hunting, drying meat,
cooking, Christmas treeing, picking fruit in the Bitterroot, ranching
with her husband and packing into the Bob Marshall. She and her family
were also in the Wild West Show with Grey Scott and Ed Lane and
traveled to California, Chicago, New York, Alaska and Washington DC.
While in Washington DC with her husband they testified before a Senate
Sub Committee regarding taxation on the reservation. More recently she
experienced an Arizona winter.
Harriet was a proud member of the St. Ignatius
and the Salish Elder Advisory Committee. She also received many life
long awards: 2001 CS&KT Agricultural Producer Achievement
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award; 2004 Flathead River Honoring Award; An
Honorary Bachelors Degree from Salish Kootenai College.
She was preceded in death by her husband Fred,
Annette, son Ray, a grandson Shawn, as well as her parents, her sisters
Agnes Vanderburg, Adeline Fyant, and a brother Lome Adams. She is
survived by her children Floyd (Denise) Nicolai, Lauraine (George)
Johnson, Geri Moran, Nadine (Dennis) Clairmont, Fred (Vicki) Whitworth
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation in
honor of Harriet Whitworth.
HOT SPRINGS - Jack Dolson, 74 years old, died peacefully Saturday
morning, April 12, 2008 at St. Joseph's Medical Center. His doctor and
nurses complained of the "bad time" that he gave them: being the
targets of Jack's good-natured teasing. You couldn't know Jack for long
before you got a "bad time" of your very own. Chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease was finally too much for his heart. That together
with prostate cancer that had spread throughout his bones had fatigued
Jack for these past couple years.
Jack was born at home, October 20, 1933, to Bert
Dolson on the family ranch near Hot Springs. Rosa Markle, his
grandmother, helped deliver him. Jack attended school at Hot Springs
until his junior year of high school when he moved to Kalispell to seek
employment working on Hungry Horse Dam. He joined the United States Air
Force in 1954 and served in such exotic locations as Florida and Japan
as an airplane mechanic. He returned home while completing his years of
On July 8, 1957, he married Meredith McClary of
Nairada. After a brief stay in Great Falls, and Portland, Oregon, the
couple settled in Polson where Jack drove logging trucks for the Dupuis
Lumber Company. In 1963, Jack and Meredith purchased the family ranch
from his parents and they returned to Hot Springs to take up cattle
ranching. Jack hired out to supplement the ranch activities as a
mechanic. He worked for the local mechanic shops, first at the "Y"
Chevron and then with Lewis Mountjoy.
In 1970, Jack built a
mechanic shop at home on the ranch and continued to work on machinery
and autos to supplement the ranch operations. Other times he would hire
out to help the custom hay contractors throughout the valley, and
always worked on their equipment. If you needed it fixed, Jack could
get it done. Jack ranched and did mechanic work throughout his entire
life with the help of his family. His latest purchase, two young red
angus bulls, were delivered to the ranch the day he went into the
hospital. Jack only saw pictures of them.
Jack was a member of the Confederated Salish and
Tribes. He was always very interested in the activities of the tribes.
If you got to know Jack, you know that he always looked to find humor
in everything around him, but once in a while you did hear, "Oohhh
bull****" from him. This was an expression he used on occasion when
talking about certain topics, especially tribal topics.
Jack is survived by his wife, Meredith, at the
south of Hot Springs; by his daughter Candy Franklin (Hot Springs) and
her children, Amy (Don) DeTienne (Hot Springs), Michael Franklin (Hot
Springs), Jacquie Franklin (Hamilton), and Amber Franklin
(Pennsylvania); by his son Michael (Lisa) Dolson and their children
Rosa and Jack (Camas Prairie); by his great-grand children, the
DeTienne kids, Joseph, James, Alexandrea, Berton, Lilianna, and
William. Jack is also survived by his sisters Carole Lane of Kalispell,
Virginia Walker of Scotland, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Bert and
brothers Bert Norman (Pat) Dolson, William (Mickey) Dolson, and his
sisters Ellen Aycock, and Mary Joan (Molly) Nelson.
Arrangements were entrusted to Sunset Hills
Funeral Homes for Plains & Thompson Falls.
PLAINS - Marian Tyro Seines, 94, died of natural causes on April
10, 2008. She was born in Plains in November 1914 to F. M. and Ida
She graduated from Plains High School, earning a
the University of Montana. She earned her bachelor's degree in music
education from UM in 1936. She married Frank Tyro, a civil engineer, of
Dillon. Being with the government service, they moved many times, but
resided in St. Ignatius eight years before his death in 1952. Marian
started a kindergarten in her St. Ignatius home.
On Oct. 22, 1953, she married Hilbert Seines and
they moved to the Seines ranch in Round Butte the following spring.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years,
daughters, Denise Fyant (Floyd Nicolai); and Bonnie Tyro; son, Frank
(Lori Lambert) Tyro; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 16
great-great grandchildren. Her parents, F.M. and Ida Lewellen, and her
brother, Jack Lewellen of Plains preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held Monday, April 14, at
the Mission Valley United Methodist Church on the top of Post Creek
Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Extended Care,
the Mission Valley United Methodist Church or the Round Butte Women's